China seeks out Japanese baby-boomers

Oct 05 2007 by Derek Torres Print This Article

Japanese engineers nearing retirement age now have another option at their disposal: packing up and working for lucrative deals in China.

According to the Daily Yomiuri, Chinese firms are eagerly hiring 60-something Japanese engineers.

The future is particularly bright for Japanese baby boomers who are versed in production and quality control competencies. Despite concerns about trade secrets, the Japanese can provide excellent "know how" and experience to a younger, less-experienced Chinese workforce.

Unfortunately, it's not very often that we get to read stories such as these. Those that are often "let go" in Europe and the Americas, are done so due to financial restraints. However, there's a lot of good sense in hiring the very people who not only know how to get things done, but have also spent their entire careers proving it.

As mentioned earlier, there has been some concern about leaking trade secrets and secret technology information to third parties. However, such concerns can be allayed using non-disclosure agreements. The advantages of using these skilled professionals to help the Chinese workforce increase productivity and efficiency is simply too great to pass up!